It might not sound like a spiritual renewal day. Five of us piled into the Outback and drove for two hours, then sprinted from one destination to another, visiting venues for the upcoming family wedding while trying to avoid the East Coast downpours that have defined this summer.
But in the middle of the afternoon, there was an hour by the ocean. And for part of that hour the sun was shining. And it sounded right. And it smelled right.
Thank you, Great Creator, for breaking waves, and salt spray, for the rocky coastline and my beloveds scrambling down to explore tide pools and take pictures, for a mother duck and her children who knew how to get to safety and were never as worried about themselves as I was about them.
Thank you, Great Creator, for a change of scene, for a reminder that oceans are wide and so is your world, for air that felt like a gift to breathe, and for the music made only by waves on rocks.
Thank you for a spiritual renewal day.
Martha Spong is a clergy coach and executive director of RevGalBlogPals. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith) with Rachel Hackenberg (Church Publishing, 2018).
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